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Jennifer Garner: Why I Wanted My Girls to Take Karate

11/20/2014 at 12:15 PM ET

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Sydney Bristow would be proud: Jennifer Garner‘s girls are learning to master martial arts.

The actress, 42, wants her daughters to embrace their “femininity” by playing with baby dolls and knowing how to bake.

However, she also wants Violet, 9 next month, and Seraphina, 5½, “to be able to kick a guy’s ass,” she told reporters on the red carpet at the 2nd annual Save the Children Illumination Gala.

“That’s why they’ve been taking karate since they were little!”

But book smarts are equally important to Garner. “I want my girls to love math and I want them to think that being a scientist is the coolest job on the planet,” she said at the event, which honored her husband, Ben Affleck.

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Jennifer Garner: Why I’m Waiting to Give My Kids Cell Phones

09/07/2014 at 10:30 AM ET

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Jennifer Garner is refusing to phone in on family time.

When it comes to her kids — Samuel, 2½, Seraphina, 5½, and Violet, 8½ — and cell phones, the mom-of-three doesn’t plan on giving over the goods any time soon.

“Not for a long time — they don’t need it. Until I really feel the need, but that’s where I’m strict,” the Men, Women and Children star, 42, tells Entertainment Tonight Canada.

“I’m not there yet … I know I’m a long way from feeling like that’s something we need in our lives.”

But the actress and her husband Ben Affleck aren’t just laying down the rules for their children. The couple are making an effort to curb their own phone use to stop technology from taking over their time together.

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Jennifer Garner: Ben Affleck Taught Our Son About His ‘Bits’

04/10/2014 at 10:00 AM ET

For Ben Affleck, having a son meant he could impart some special fatherly wisdom at last.

His wife, Jennifer Garner, stopped by the Tonight Show to promote her new movie Draft Day and talk about their kids: Violet, 8, Seraphina, 5, and Samuel, 2. But things got a little more than G-rated when discussing what Affleck, 41, has taught his youngest child.

“He’s so psyched to finally have a boy. He loves his girls, but he’s serious about his son right now,” Garner, 41, told Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday’s episode. “So he taught him about his bits. He taught him about his P and two N’s.”

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Jennifer Garner Lends Voice to Friend’s New Book Collection

12/20/2013 at 02:00 PM ET

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From family trips to the library to promoting literacy programs in schools, it’s no secret that Jennifer Garner is a big fan of instilling a love of books at an early age.

That’s why the mom-of-three is excited about the launch of little BLUEPRINT, a line of kid-friendly reads created by her good pal, Katherine Eskovitz.

“She was one of my first mom friends. Our kids went to preschool together,” Garner, 41, tells PEOPLE.

Eskovitz originally penned the stories — which are designed to help children cope with life challenges including divorce and death — for her own children.

However when Garner got wind of the project, she quickly put in an order for her little ones, including daughters Violet, 8, and Seraphina, 5 next month, and son Samuel, 22 months.

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Mini Must-Have: Samuel Affleck’s Cool Kicks

12/18/2013 at 11:00 AM ET

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Ma, look!

Samuel Affleck is clearly excited about something while hanging out with mom Jennifer Garner in Pacific Palisades, Calif. on Dec. 8.

But it’s the 21-month-old’s colorful footwear that caught our attention. Turns out, the happy tyke is wearing PLAE‘s Ty Eco-poly & Mesh shoes in red/steel ($55).

The Garner-Afflecks are big fans of the easy-to-personalize sneakers. Not only does Samuel also have a navy pair, but his big sisters Seraphina and Violet often rock the eco-friendly slip-ons as well.

Another cool fact: They’re the same company that designed a special style for the kid who became a mini Batman for a day in San Francisco on Nov. 15.

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Seraphina Affleck Pays Homage to Dad Ben with Adorable Tee

09/25/2013 at 10:00 AM ET

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We know what’s on Seraphina Affleck‘s mind — dad Ben!

While grabbing ice cream in Brentwood, Calif. with mom Jennifer Garner on Wednesday, the 4½-year-old stepped out in a long-sleeved top personalized with a photo of her smiling father.

Not sure where she got it, but we think it’s a sweet way to pay homage to a parent.

Seraphina’s fashionable display of paternal affection comes only a week after brother Samuel, 18 months, wore his Batman tee.

Ben sure is a lucky guy. His kids (and wife!) are definitely his biggest fans.

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Samuel Affleck Proves He’s Dad Ben’s Biggest Fan

09/18/2013 at 10:00 AM ET

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Well, what do you know!

When critics protested Ben Affleck being cast as the new Batman, it wasn’t just good pal Matt Damon who came to the rescue.

On Sunday, son Samuel stepped out at an L.A. farmer’s market with mom Jennifer Garner wearing an adorable Batman tee. Coincidence? We think not. It makes sense that the 18-month-old believes his dad is the right guy for the job.

All we know is Ben definitely has a dedicated sidekick on his hands. Just a few weeks before, the too-cute tyke paid homage to his father’s hometown by sporting a Boston Red Sox hat while out and about with his family on Aug. 11.
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